Reports: Congressman Johnson to retire from re-election campaign

By WEEK Producer

April 4, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM CDT

CENTRAL Ill. --Published reports state Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson is planning to retire from his re-election campaign.

Johnson won the March GOP primary over two opponents in the newly re-configured 13th Congressional District.

He was elected to Illinois' 15th Congressional District in 2001 and was seeking a 7th term in office when he ran in the primary.

The 65-year old is facing Bloomington Democrat Dr. David Gill in the November general election.

Johnson has been at odds with GOP leadership in Washington, endorsing Ron Paul for President and endorsing Don Manzullo over Adam Kinzinger in the 16th District GOP primary.

Kinzinger won with the backing of Tea Party and House Republican leadership.

The Springfield-based "Capitol Fax" blog reports that Johnson's retirement announcement was "imminent" and could come by Thursday.

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